Shows: July 6, 2010

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Foxconn, Honda and the Future of China's Labor Movement

Over the past few months, a wave of high-profile wildcat strikes has been attracting attention in Chinese and Western media. Worker unrest at companies including Foxconn, which makes parts for Apple iPods, and the auto-manufacturer Honda, have resulted in workers winning wage hikes of 30 percent and more. A strike at a Honda plant in June has been described by China’s English-language daily newspaper as “the largest industrial action ever reported in China.” Join us as we discuss the significance of these events for workers in China and for the Chinese political landscape.

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Holder Decision and Free Speech

An important recent decision by the US Supreme Court could have significant implications for free speech and constitutional rights. In Holder versus Humanitarian Law Project, the court decided that speech could be criminalized when an individual or group is seen to support or aid a group the state department considers a terrorist organization – even extending to situations where a group is aiding in nonviolent and peaceful conflict resolution efforts.

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Winner of Kundiman Poetry Prize

Kundiman, a group founded in 2004 to support the creation, cultivation and promotion of Asian American poetry, recently established a new book publication prize for Asian American poets. JANINE OSHIRO, winner of the 2010 inaugural prize will give us a sneak preview of her soon-to-be published manuscript and poet JENNIFER CHANG, Co-Chair of Kundiman’s Advisory Board will speak with us about Kundiman's impact on Asian American poetry.

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